Requests for new languages/Wikinews Urdu

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Urdu Wikinews

submitted verification final decision

This language has been verified as eligible.
The language is eligible for a project, which means that the subdomain can be created once there is an active community and a localized interface, as described in the language proposal policy. You can discuss the creation of this language project on this page.

Once the criteria are met, the language committee can proceed with the approval.

If you think the criteria are met, but the project is still waiting for approval, feel free to notify the committee and ask them to consider its approval.

  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Language code ur (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Urdu Language name in English
Language name اردو Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q1617 - item has currently the following values: Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Directionality RTL Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

Project name "Wikinews" in your language
Project namespace usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace "Wikinews talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads no Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (3) Uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info). (4) Localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons.
Optional settings
Project logo This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Asia/Karachi "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example, a Wikisource would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk", "Author", "Author talk".
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit Phabricator task. It will include everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings. After creating the task, add a link to the comment.


It will be useful to Urdu internet user to report news from worldwide. Approximately, there are 270 million of speakers worldwide. I strongly feel it deserves its own Wikinews.--Chowdhury 18:42, 22 December 2008 (UTC)[reply]


Arguments in favour

Arguments against

  • Oppose Currently, the Urdu Wikipedia has less than 10,000 articles and only 66 users with edits or log actions last month. I don't think it's enough to sustain activity on Wikinews in this language. While certainly not every user of Wikinews contributes to Wikipedia and vice versa, still the practice shows that Wikinews are much less active than Wikipedias in their languages. Another difference is that on Wikipedia you can create a stub and leave it, and then someone will stumble upon it and improve it. But on Wikinews there must alway be a certain number of fresharticles, otherwise the project will be useless. I don't believe the there are enough Urdu users to keep the proposed project alive. MaxSem(Han shot first!) 19:15, 22 December 2008 (UTC)[reply]
Reply to User:MaxSem: There are more than 64,000 articles on Urdu Wikipedia.--عثمان خان شاہ (talk) 11:05, 15 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Other discussion

Localisation update